Mr. Gates, it is your legacy: Do you really want to be remembered for being the grinch that stole education?

Dear Mr. Gates,

The fact that you’re attempting to increase your wealth by injecting yourself and your associates into the public education system is morally reprehensible. Public education needs to reflect the values of the masses. Any one person having undue influence violates that ideal.

It is obvious to me that your intentions are not philanthropic, as you may claim, because no intelligent person could possibly believe that replacing weeks of instruction with weeks of standardized testing will increase student learning. Likewise, no intelligent person could possibly believe that canned lessons and assessments purchased from text book companies are effective educational tools. They never have been and never will be. Neither is any of this cost effective.

It is best left to teachers to create materials, including assessments, for the students that they have in their classroom at the time, because every student is unique. They are human. You understand computers. You obviously do not understand children. Children cannot all be programmed to think the same way.

If you truly wish to help children, use your money to help address the social issues that prevent so many of them from succeeding at school. Issues such as lack of parental support for education, poverty, domestic violence, mental illness, addiction…I could go on. I routinely have students in my classroom that are affected by one or more of these.

It is up to you to decide what kind of legacy you leave. Do you really want to be remembered for being the grinch that stole education?

Sincerely,

Pamela Cournyea

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One Response to Mr. Gates, it is your legacy: Do you really want to be remembered for being the grinch that stole education?

  1. sixtiessman says:

    “No intelligent person could possibly believe that canned lessons and assessments purchased from text book companies are effective educational tools. They never have been and never will be. Neither is any of this cost effective.”
    A good letter except that I think most of us believe that; ‘Regardless of the amount of money is poured into these new “educational tools” or even into existing knowledge transfer media such as the old style textbooks, children, for the most part, will not to integrate this knowledge effectively, unless they have creative and loving teachers to lead them.’

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